Father Ben Andrews, Rector of Barry, has set himself a challenge of cycling around the diocese and visiting as many churches as he can in 3.5 days.
He will set off on his cycling pilgrimage on Easter Tuesday, April 23, as part of his preparations for Llandaff Diocese’s Year of Pilgrimage next year.
Along the way he is aiming to raise funds for various building projects in four churches in Barry, help buy new tents for young pilgrims from Llandaff attending this year’s Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage in August and support the Rectorial Benefice of Aberavon in their £350,000 fundraising drive for the St Mary’s Restoration Appeal.
“I’m really looking forward to it as it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it will also be my cycling challenge for the year,” said Fr Ben.
Two years ago, Fr Ben cycled 150 miles from St David’s to Barry in three days as part of a fundraising drive for a new roof at All Saints, Barry.
Beginning on Easter Tuesday, Fr Ben will leave St Mary’s Church in Barry, heading past St Cadoc’s to St Peters, Dinas Powys, then up to Llandough, Llandaff, Grangetown and the centre of Cardiff.
The next day he will travel from St Mary’s Church out to Whitchurch, Tongwynlais, Pontypridd, Abercynon and Penrhiwciber. The following day he will cycle to Aberaman, Aberdare, Hirwaun, the Neath Valley, Baglan and Aberavon.
In his final day in the saddle he will ride from Port Talbot to Margam, Pyle, Laleston, Ewenny, Llantwit Major and back to Barry in time for tea.
You can follow Fr Ben’s progress daily on Twitter @FrBennyBoy . To support Ben please contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org